The American Healthcare Act: Some things to consider

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We finally saw an Obamacare replacement bill unveiled by the GOP controlled House of Representatives on Monday. The bill restores power to the states and eliminates many of the fines and penalties imposed by the Affordable Care Act and is only 123 pages long.

Perhaps the best part of the new bill is that it eliminates the job killing employer mandate. The employer mandate kicks in for businesses that have more than 50 full time employees and was the cause of the part-time work driven job market that evolved under former President Barack Obama. Potentially gone also is the costly individual mandate which penalized Americans who could not afford healthcare and was perhaps the most unpopular feature of Obamacare.

Reaction to the bill was mixed:

“Today marks an important step toward restoring healthcare choices and affordability back to the American people.”-Whitehouse Press Secretary Sean Spicer

(The Bill) “hands billionaires a massive new tax break while shifting huge costs and burdens onto working families across America.”-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

“This unified Republican government will deliver relief and peace of mind to the millions of Americans suffering under Obamacare.” (The Bill would) “drive down costs, encourage competition, and give every American access to quality, affordable health insurance.”-Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI)

(The Bill) “looks like ObamaCare Lite to me … It’s going to have to be better.”-Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)

(The Bill) “would cut and cap Medicaid, defund Planned Parenthood, and force Americans, particularly older Americans, to pay more out of pocket for their medical care all so insurance companies can pad their bottom line.”-Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY)

According to Fox News:

The plan is to go to both the Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees on Wednesday for “mark-up” sessions where they will craft a final version of the bill. The legislation would tentatively go before the House Budget Committee next week.

The upper chamber could still change the bill potentially if it passes through the House of Representatives. According to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), “The House has the right to come up with what it wants to and present it to the Senate by passing it. And we have a right to look it over and see if we like it or don’t,”

Are you excited at the prospect of new healthcare legislation for America? Share your opinion in the comments section below.

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